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The Brooks Shield
VICTURI TE SALUTAMUS
We, who are about to be victorious, salute you
|1160 Great Pond Road
North Andover, Massachusetts, 01845
|School type||Private, Day & Boarding, College-prep|
|Head of school||John R. Packard|
|Average class size||12|
|Student to teacher ratio||5:1|
|Campus size||242 acres (0.98 km2)|
|Color(s)||Green, White, and Black|
|Athletics||13 varsity sports; 48 teams|
|Athletics conference||Independent School League|
|Rival||The Governor's Academy|
Brooks School was founded in 1926 by the Reverend Endicott Peabody, the headmaster of Groton School at the time, and was named after Phillips Brooks (1835–1893), a well-known clergyman and author from North Andover, Massachusetts, who briefly served as Bishop of Massachusetts in the Episcopal Church during the 1890s.
The school opened on September 29, 1927, with fourteen boys in the first and second forms (seventh and eighth grades), two masters, a headmaster and headmistress, and one dormitory. The school added one form (grade) each year thereafter until it comprised grades 7–12, denoted by the British educational notations, Forms I, II, III, IV, V and VI, respectively. Forms I and II (seventh and eighth grades) were later dropped. Today, Brooks consists of Forms III, IV, V and VI, or grades 9–12, corresponding to the U.S. public educational system's equivalent of a high school.
Brooks School has had just four heads of school in over 80 years. The School's first headmaster, Frank D. Ashburn (a graduate of Groton School, Yale University and Columbia Law School), was appointed at the age of 25 and served for 46 years until his retirement in 1973. Ashburn was succeeded by H. Peter Aiken who served until 1986, when he was succeeded by Lawrence W. Becker. Becker, who stepped down in 2008, was succeeded by John R. Packard, previously the Dean of Faculty.
The school started admitting day students in the early 1950s and became co-educational in 1979. Today, the school enrolls 185 boys and 160 girls who come from many states and foreign countries. There has been a steady increase of students of color and of international students, and the school aspires to achieve gender equality. In addition, approximately 20 percent of students receive financial aid.
Brooks has many student clubs and organizations on campus. They include the A Capella, Art Association, Ashburn Society, Brooks Brothers and Sisters (BBS), Bishop Filmmaker Society (BFS), Bishop Bells, Beatbox Club, Chamber Ensemble, Chess Club, Debate Team, Environmental Club, Gay-straight alliance (GSA), Gentlemen's Club, Glee Club, Gospel Choir, the Improv Club, International Club, Jazz Band, Math Club, Model United Nations (Model UN), Men's A Capella Peer Tutoring, Phillips Brooks Society (PBS), Student Activities, Students Embracing Culture (SEC), Student Newspaper, Ski Club,Food Club, and Amnesty International.
The academic program at Brooks focuses on a college preparatory curriculum. Community life at Brooks includes bi-weekly chapel services (with a third service on Sundays for boarding students) in a non-denominational setting, community service programs serving locally and beyond, and extracurricular activities in the arts and athletics. Athletically, Brooks competes in the Independent School League. Its traditional rival is The Governor's Academy (formerly Governor Dummer Academy).
The school's motto, "victuri te salutamus," is Latin for "we, who are about to be victorious, salute you." This is a variation of the famous motto of the Roman gladiators, "nos morituri te salutamus," meaning "we, who are about to die, salute you."
Brooks offers 19 AP courses in the following subjects listed below. In addition to AP's, student are also granted the option of applying for an independent study with the head of department.
- AP Spanish Literature
- AP United States History
- AP United States Government and Politics
- AP World History
Brooks offers several opportunities for students to study abroad, including:
- Hungarian Exchange - began in 1990 as the only United States-Hungary exchange program at the secondary school level and funded by the Samantha Smith Memorial Exchange Fund, a program of the United States Information Agency and Soros Foundation; students attend the Deák Ferenc Gimnázium in Szeged, Hungary.
- School Year Abroad (SYA) - founded in 1964 by Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts and now a consortium, including top independent schools across the United States; SYA is the only secondary school level program, which allows students to live with a foreign family for an entire academic year while earning United States secondary school graduation credits and preparing for selective United States colleges and universities.
- Barry Bingham, Jr. (1933–2006), United States newspaper publisher and television and radio executive, the last descendant of the Bingham family that controlled Louisville, Kentucky's daily newspapers, a television station, and two radio stations for much of the 20th century
- Frank Blake '67, American businessman and lawyer, CEO and Chairman of Home Depot
- Kier Byrnes '91, founding member and front man for the punk/country band Three Day Threshold
- Jake Burton Carpenter, founder and chairman of Burton Snowboards
- Charlie Davies '04, United States professional soccer striker who currently plays in Major League Soccer for the New England Revolution, 2008 Olympian.
- William R. Ferris '60, United States author and scholar, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, co-founder of the Center for Southern Folklore in Memphis, Tennessee, co-founder of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, co-editor of The Encyclopedia of Southern Culture
- Steve Forbes '66, son of Malcolm Forbes, president and CEO of Forbes, editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine, former Republican candidate in the United States presidential primaries in 1996 and 2000
- Mike Fucito '04, United States professional soccer striker who currently plays for Portland Timbers in Major League Soccer.
- Robert L. Gerry, III '56, American businessman
- Andrew Jackson '83, educator, historian
- William W. Kellogg, Ph.D. '35, geophysicist, meteorologist
- John LeBoutillier, '71, former U.S. Congressman and political columnist
- Elle Logan '06, United States rower, Olympic gold medalist, 2008 Summer Olympics, rowing
- Henry Lyman '33, conservationist, publisher
- Daniel Lyons, journalist and the Fake Steve Jobs
- Anthony Perkins, actor
- Thomas Collier Platt, Jr. '43, grandson of Thomas C. Platt, federal judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, former chief judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- Tim Prentice, sculptor
- Lorenzo Semple, Jr. '40, screenwriter
- Huntington Sheldon, Dr. '47, medicine
- Mark Shuttleworth, South African entrepreneur, first African in space, founder of Canonical Ltd., providing leadership for the Ubuntu Linux distribution
- James Spader, actor
- Parker Stevenson, actor
- Sam Waterston, actor
- McFadden, Robert D. "Barry Bingham Jr., Louisville Publisher, Is Dead at 72", The New York Times, April 4, 2006. Accessed December 12, 2007. "He attended the Brooks School in North Andover, Mass., and graduated from Harvard in 1956 with a bachelor's degree in history."
- Chamberlain, Tony. "Chairman of the Board Burton's innovation has fostered a snowbound sensation", The Boston Globe, December 18, 1997.
- Bumiller, Elisabeth. "In Political Quest, Forbes Runs in Shadow of Father", The New York Times, February 11, 1996. Accessed December 11, 2007. "Christine Todd, Mr. Forbes's childhood friend from the Far Hills Country Day school, would grow up to become Governor Whitman.... His son went off to the Brooks School in North Andover, Mass., then on to Princeton, Malcolm Forbes's alma mater."
- Lorenzo Semple ’40